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Truth, lies and secret histories A free talk by Dr Liz Tynan

Dr Liz Tynan’s powerful new book, Atomic Thunder, earned her the 2017 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian history. ‘Compulsive reading?’ wrote Phillip Adams, ‘Make that compulsory.  This is a brilliant book.’  In her compelling talk, guests will hear of the complex web that connected government secrecy, human folly, cultural bigotry, international scandal, and scientific arrogance in the nuclear age.  Join us for an evening in which we explore truth, lies and secret histories from Australia’s past. Dr Tynan is a historian at James Cook University and a former scientific journalist for the ABC and New Scientist.

Transform your public speaking confidence

One of the best ways to build your confidence is to do public speaking.  One of the best ways to start your public speaking journey is by joining Fremantle Quaynote Toastmasters. We meet every Monday evening from 6 pm - 7.30 pm at the Fremantle Bowls Club, with supper to follow. Come to your first meeting for free to find out what it's all about.  https://www.facebook.com/groups/242039039618528/

Vegan Soupi at FERN

FERN Community Soupi - Dinner by Donation (Mon and Wed nights). Come to FERN at 26 Montreal Street Fremantle for weekly Soupi Vegan dinners on Monday and Wednesday nights. Payment by donation for a lovely vegan meal prepared by the community. Volunteers welcome from noon onwards to help with preparation on Monday and from 2 pm onwards on Wednesday. Dinner is often followed by a music jam session by local musicians. Food is served by around 6 pm or a little earlier if we have lots of volunteers. All welcome. Please note we do not serve Soupi's on Public Holidays.

Kangaroo A Love-Hate Story

This ground breaking film reveals the truth surrounding Australia’s love-hate relationship with its beloved icon. The kangaroo ‘image’ is proudly used by top companies, sports teams and tourist souvenirs, yet as they hop across the vast continent many consider them pests to be shot and sold for profit. KANGAROO unpacks a national paradigm where the relationship with kangaroos is examined. Special community screening of KANGAROO A Love-Hate Story at Luna on SX.  https://www.facebook.com/kangaroothemovie/ http://kangaroothemovie.com

Voicebox 28 May

Voicebox poetry at Café@The Rose features special guests Angelina Bong & Carol Millner + open mic + fab food & drinks, 6:30 for café, 7–9pm for poetry $10/ $6

Celebrate WA Festival

WA Day, the uniquely West Australian day inclusive for all Western Australians, is set to go off with a bang this year in Fishing Boat Harbour. Fireworks will again light up the skies over Fremantle on the eve of the WA Day public holiday on what is hoped will become a new and amazing annual family experience. Fishing Boat Harbour is presenting a two day celebration recognising our Aboriginal history, our early European migrant background and the diverse range of people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Freo and WA their home. Local Aboriginal…

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Pub Choir

Well it’s time for YOU to perform at Clancy’s! Join our conductors Jim Fisher and Natalie Gillespie as they unite a pub full of punters in a joyful bar room chorus. Warm up with some fun classics and then work up a number with our conductors to perform at the end of the session and we shall film it for prosperity. Come and join the PUB CHOIR. 3rd Wednesday of every month. Gold coin donation.

VinoVinyasa Wine Yoga Winter Series

Yogis and wine lovers get ready to wine up for the first vinovinyasa of the winter season. Join Marg (200RYT yoga instructor) as she guides you through a gentle Yoga practice that will suit all levels (seasoned yogis or first timers). Enjoy an evening with some friends evening immersing in yoga surrounded by old Freo Federation Hotel charm. Wrapped in warmth immersed in natural aromatic fragrances to promote well-being and relaxation.we conclude in the delight of a wine appreciation / meditation! Your booking is inclusive of the class and one glass of red or white wine determined at booking.You bring…

Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2018

From humble beginnings The Revelation Perth International Film Festival it is now a mainstay of the WA arts calendar, attracting over 13,000 patrons viewing over 200 international films. Revelation also includes industry discussion sessions, live music performances, masterclasses, visual art exhibitions, a kids program and an academic component. Rev doesn't try to be all things to all people, but does have something for everybody. If individuality and identity, passion and politics, creativity and conversation are important to you, then don’t miss the 2017 Revelation Perth International Film Festival. Our extended Fremantle program this year has a massive film program at Luna on SX including screenings for kids, Rev Music Days at Mojos and, in conjunction with The Fremantle Arts Centre the Semiconductor exhibition by UK artists Ruth Jarman and Joe Gerhardt. A fortnight of film music and art not to be missed. Revelation Perth International Film Festival5th - 18th July 2018 

Fremantle Ball 2018

Join us for another night of fun and dancing celebrating community spirit in Fremantle. Your night of fun and thrills will include: A delicious Fremantle inspired three course meal, local craft beer & West Australian fine wine Live music from Perth’s best party band, Darren Reid and the Soul City Groove Thrilling Live and Online Silent Auction with one-of-a-kind experiences and items And so, so much more… Book your table before 31st May, 2018 and receive an Early Bird Discount.   Funds raised from the Fremantle Ball will support the ongoing capacity fo the Fremantle Foundation. 6.30PM, Friday 3rd August…

Notre Dame Open Day

Discover the Notre Dame difference while exploring our Campus in Freo’s West End on Open Day. There will be delicious eats, live music, course advice and more!

Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival

 As you wander through Fremantle in early January, make sure you listen carefully. You’ll hear the sweet sounds of one of Ireland’s greatest fiddlers, Martin Hayes and the echo back from his musical confidante, American guitarist Dennis Cahill as they capture the essence of traditional Irish music in a contemporary rhythm to uplift your spirits. Focus again and you’ll pick up the enchanting, rich melodious voice of gifted, Irish singer and songwriter Declan O’Rourke. If you know something about the hidden treasure spots of the West End, you might uncover the textured language of one of Ireland’s best loved poets, Tony Curtis.  There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival, commemorating a journey made 150 years ago by 62 Irish political prisoners – the Fenians. The Fenians were young men, between 19 and 30, who grew up in Ireland in a time of starvation, death and forced evictions - the years of the great famine. Having exhausted all attempts to gain self-government through political means, they decided to fight for independence and they staged a rising. Their plot was uncovered, they were arrested, sentenced for treason, exiled from their homeland and transported to Western Australia.  After spending months in solitary confinement, it was a bitter-sweet relief when they boarded the very last convict ship to Australia, the Hougoumont, where they shared stories, organised concerts, wrote a newspaper called the Wild Goose, and looked out for each other. You might recognise the name Hougoumont, it’s that funky hotel in Bannister Street. There’s clearly something significant happening in Fremantle, to draw such fabulous Irish talent here. Indeed, there is! It’s a ten-day Irish cultural immersion, the first of its kind, called Fenians, Fremantle & Freedom Festival... They also dreamed of escape. The most famous of the Fenians, John Boyle O’Reilly did escape a year later, on an American whaler. He became the editor of a Boston newspaper and together with supporters in the US and Ireland, organised a crowd funding venture to purchase a whaler, the Catalpa, and rescue his mates from the bottom of the world, out of Fremantle Prison. It’s a big story and there’s a big festival to commemorate and celebrate it. As well as the concerts, there’ll be a family day at the Maritime Museum, art exhibitions, Irish film, literature workshops, remarkable stories and of course, the Guinness …plenty of it on tap at the Festival Gardens and Kelp Bar at Kidogo Arthouse. But you won’t be sitting still, there’s music to get your feet tapping and a traditional Irish ceili dance with an Indian Ocean sunset as the backdrop. After 10 days of celebration and commemoration, you’ll have to get in quick to book a table at the primal food extravaganza and street party, the Feast of the Wild Goose, sponsored by Fremantle BID and supported by the Hougoumont Hotel and the Bannister St traders. This 150 year old story of valuing your culture and looking after your friends is the one we still strive for here in Fremantle. Fenians, Fremantle and Freedom Festival | 5-14 January 2018


Community events

Fremantle has a great selection of community events for the whole family. There is also some great live music from local bands, dance classes, workshops and much more so make sure you check out our list of events to make sure you don’t miss some of the great local things to do in Fremantle.